I have a friend leaving the country (maybe for good) and he wants to make a going away beer with me. He is obsessed with hot peppers and loves pepper on mango. I enjoy a pepper beer if it hits you at the finish and doesn’t linger too long.
For the pepper I’m having my friend get some Absolut Peppar vodka and steep his peppers of choice in it for a month, shaking/turning the jar when he remembers. Making a tincture like this has worked or me in the past. At bottling time we were going to dose one beer with an eyedropper to determine the right amount per bottle.
For the mango I was planning on buying frozen mango chunks from Trader Joes and dump 3 lbs into the secondary.
Here’s the grain bill: 5.6 ABV
3lb Maris Otter
4lb Golden Promise
1lb Wheat DME (to speed up the day a bit)
1lb Honey Malt (sweet to balance the pepper)
4oz Midnight Wheat (for color)
Hop schedule is: 24 IBU
.25oz El Dorado - First Wort
.75oz El Dorado - Whirlpool 165F
1oz Citra - Whirlpool 165F
1 oz Equinox - Whirlpool 165F
We’ll use a Kviek strain (maybe Voss) because my temperature controlled area is full atm.